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4 years ago

Adobe shows off Flash 10.1 on the Motorola Droid X

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Flash 10.1 demo on the Droid X

We're all excited for the release of the Motorola Droid X, and now we have even more reason to drool over it -- Senior Technical Evangelist at Adobe Systems Ted Patrick shows off Adobe Flash 10.1 running on the big 4.3 inch screen.  No, there's no word about when to expect Flash on the X, nor when Froyo should be ready, but scenes like this give us hope that it can't be far off. 

That being said, the X looks like it handles Flash just fine and Adobe seems to have Flash 10.1 for mobile devices ready for prime time.  Follow the break to see the video, and let's all count the days until July 15.  [iAndroidblog's Youtube channel via Android Central forums] Thanks Cory!

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4 years ago

Yelp 2.0 brings monocle and checkins to its Android client

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yelp 2.0 for Android

Yelp has brought their 2.0 Android client to the Market, and it has some very nice features in tow.  You can now check in to the places Yelp helps you find, and use "monocle" (an augmented virtual reality layer of sorts) to help you find them.  These two features were sorely missed in the previous versions of the Android client.

Check-ins are fairly self explanatory, but let me explain monocle to you a bit.  You activate it from the Yelp main screen (pictured above), and it uses the camera, GPS and compass in your Android phone to overlay locations on the real-world view you see through the lens.  Perfect for day trips spent walking through an unfamiliar town, or for just goofing around.  Check out a screenshot or two after the break, as well as the download links. (Yelp is for all versions of Android -- kudos the the developers for that!) Thanks willxcore!

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4 years ago

Voice Control App Showdown: Vlingo vs. the myTouch 3G Slide Genius button

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Vlingo application

Here at Android Central, we love the whole idea of using voice commands to make our phones work for us.  In the smartphone world, Vlingo is pretty well-known, with apps on multiple platforms, and we've been using it a while now.  Now drift back to the spring when we first started hearing about the Genius button on the MyTouch 3G Slide, and how it offers similar functionality, and you just know we had to check it out and see how it compares.

So hit the break, and watch as we pit Vlingo up against the Genius button and see which comes out on top.

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4 years ago

David Pogue not totally sold on Swype, but what about you?

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Swype for Android

New York Times columnist extraordinaire David Pogue's given the Droid X for a spin, and in turn he's spun-off a bit about the phone's keyboards. It has a multitouch keyboard by default -- I can take it or leave it. But the X also has Swype. You've seen our interview and demo with the Swype folks back at CTIA, and good many of you got in on the latest beta round (which has since closed).

As for Pogue, he's not completely convinced Swype is the second coming of on-screen keyboards, though he does write that "there's a lot of brilliance in Swype." And his gripes are completely reasonable (lack of open availability, swiping from one end of the keyboard to another for short words). And that's cool. One user's perfect keyboard is another's speed bump. (For what it's worth, I'm on board now, though it took a little while.) Give his column a read and see if you agree. [NYT]

What about you guys? Who all's come over to the Swype way of life?

Are you a Swype convert?survey software

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4 years ago

Google Voice Search adds Korean support

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Just a few weeks ago Google’s Voice Search added a handful of languages and now they've added Korean to the mix. Perfect timing since the Nexus One launching on KT in Korea which is shipping with Froyo. Anyone who has access to the Google Mobile app or Voice Search included in the Android OS can now search in Korean. It’s worth mentioning that the Google Mobile application is cross-platform and the addition of Korean is included on all platforms. [via Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 30, 2010

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Whether just joining the Android world, or just looking for a new application, the hunt can be tiring. Each day applications are just flooding into the market, and at times it's difficult to know which ones to try out. We aim to please, so we here we bring you some suggestions of what you may want to try out. Check them out after the jump.

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4 years ago

Gaming on the Sprint Epic 4G

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Asphalt on the Sprint Epic 4G

The Sprint Epic 4G brings a horizontal keyboard, and it brings some monster gaming power (as do all the other versions of the Galaxy S, of course). After the break, we take a look at the Asphalt racing game on the Epic 4G, which sports a six-axis gyroscope, which you can see in action.

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4 years ago

Verizon offers travel app tips

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This week, Verizon Wireless put out an announcement that offered up some timely app tips for the summer travel season.

Apps for helping customers make travel plans include:

  • Kayak Flight and Hotel Search for Android (Market link) devices help customers find great deals on hotels, flights, rental properties and cruises
  • ZAGAT TO GO '10 (Market link) gives customers access to the Web's most trusted guide to restaurant reviews and ratings from over 45 Zagat Guides covering dining, nightlife, hotels, and golf courses. It is available in Android Market for $9.99.
  • Skype mobile gives customers the planet in their pockets, allowing them to make unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls to friends and family around the corner or around the world. Currently available on Verizon phones.

Apps for taking the stress out of travel include:

  • FlightStats for Android (Market link) provides flight statuses, departures, arrivals, airport delays, and other flight and airport information It is available for $4.99 in Android Market.
  • VZ Navigator Global provides maps and turn-by-turn directions for international destinations, ensuring that unfamiliar areas and road signs in different languages don't keep customers from arriving at their destinations (pricing and availability may vary by device).

Apps for enjoying time away include:

  • Urbanspoon (Market link) gives customers a localized community of restaurant reviews and ratings (available for FREE in Android Market). Note: Urbanspoon works on Droid and Nexus One phones. If you have another Android phone, you can always find Urban spoon on the web at urbanspoon.com/m
  • Geodelic (Market link) allows customers to effortlessly browse their locations to find java joints, banks, restaurants and other area businesses (available for FREE in Android Market).
  • WeatherBug (Market link) helps keep you up to date on weather conditions wherever you travel and alerts them to severe weather warnings based on their locations (available for FREE in Android Market).

It's nice to see that Verizon is being proactive about promoting apps.

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4 years ago

Amazon Kindle Android app out of beta, now available in the Market

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Amazon Kindle Android App

We brought you a preview of the Amazon Kindle app for Android a month ago at Google IO, and now it's available for all in the Android Market. The app is free (you must be running Android 1.6 or higher), and with it you gain access to the hundreds of thousands of titles in Amazon's e-book library.

Purchasing books is fairly easy, though it switches from the Kindle app to the browser, then sends you back again after the transaction is complete. Not a deal-breaker, just inelegant. We can't wait to give this a shot on something like the Dell Streak. In the meantime, we'll make do with something "smaller" like the Droid X and Evo 4G. Thanks to everyone who sent this in. [Market link] [Amazon]

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4 years ago

New BlueAnt apps for Android provide message reading assist

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BlueAnt, the maker of innovative Bluetooth peripheral devices, has just announced the availability of new Android apps that work with the S4 True Handsfree Car Speakerphone and the T1 Rugged Bluetooth Headset -- enabling users to hear incoming text messages read aloud automatically.

BlueAnt already considers T1 and S4 to be groundbreaking devices. The T1 provides the excellent wind noise reduction, delivering clear audio in wind speeds up to 22 mph, and the S4 is the world’s first true handsfree car speakerphone, allowing drivers to communicate on the road using just their voice AND without needing to touch their phone or car speakerphone at all. 

Key features of both applications:

  • Listen to your text messages – When you receive a text message your BlueAnt device will automatically read out the full message using Text To Speech technology.
  • Help and Support – The BlueAnt Android apps provide a direct connection to BlueAnt’s customer service center to help users with any product need.
  • User Manual – Both apps also feature a user-friendly searchable manual that has been customized and formatted to fit the phone’s screen.

The apps work with any Android handset running Android OS 2.0 or above, and are available as a free download for all S4 and T1 owners.  Users can download them from the Android Market.   For more information about all BlueAnt’s hands-free device, see www.blueantwireless.com.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X system dump available; hackers already hard at it

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moto Droid X

What happens when a pre-released phone gets into the hands of someone who knows their way around the Android system is a beautiful thing.  Late last night we got a system dump from the brand spanking new Droid X out in the Android Central forums, and things are already springing up.

  • Android Central member mothy can hook you up with all the new static wallpapers HERE
  • The all new drrrroooooiiiidddd sounds can be found HERE
  • The Eclair Tips Widget (tested only on the HTC Evo) can be found HERE
  • You can find the multitouch keyboard HERE at droid-life
  • Kellen reported in that they now have the boot animation ported over to the Droid Incredible, check it out HERE at droid-life
  • And last, but not least, you can get the whole system dump and play until your heart's content right HERE

With over 500 downloads so far of the system dump, we expect big things out of the hacking community, and we can experience a little bit of the Droid X while waiting for it to hit the shelves.  Thanks heartagram616 for the keyboard tip!

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 23 2010

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applications

The amount of developer support that the Android has been getting is rather amazing, and the applications have made great strides since even six months ago. Sometimes it can be a bit rough to find a new application to try out so we try to simplify it for you and bring you some choices that we use daily. Check them out after the jump.

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4 years ago

Google remotely wipes app from a few phones, explains why

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If you didn't know, Google has the ability to remotely delete applications from your phone that may be malicious or otherwise violate the Android and Android Market Terms of Service. And it's a pretty big deal when that happens, and it's a testament to the platform and the developers that it doesn't often happen in this open community.

But Google recently took steps to remotely wipe an app from a small number of phones. And in the interest of full disclosure, they're telling us why:

Recently, we became aware of two free applications built by a security researcher for research purposes. These applications intentionally misrepresented their purpose in order to encourage user downloads, but they were not designed to be used maliciously, and did not have permission to access private data — or system resources beyond permission.INTERNET. As the applications were practically useless, most users uninstalled the applications shortly after downloading them.

After the researcher voluntarily removed these applications from Android Market, we decided to exercise our remote application removal feature on the remaining installed copies to complete the cleanup.

The remote application removal feature is one of many security controls Android possesses to help protect users from malicious applications. In case of an emergency, a dangerous application could be removed from active circulation in a rapid and scalable manner to prevent further exposure to users. While we hope to not have to use it, we know that we have the capability to take swift action on behalf of users’ safety when needed.

Good on Google for not wielding this sword unnecessarily, and good on them for explaining to us why it was done. Hit the source link for the full deets. [Android Developers Blog]

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4 years ago

Froyo (Android 2.2) and Adobe Flash coming to Droid X 'later this summer'

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droid x flash

We're all disappointed at this news, but please -- no beating on the messenger.  At today's big Verizon Droid X shindig we found out the the Motorola Droid X will be sporting Froyo and Adobe Flash, but not at launch. Not the most welcome news, but still not enough to spoil the excitement of a hot new phone on America's biggest carrier.  The folks in the know haven't given any specific dates, but at the event it was announced that the Droid X and the original Motorola Droid would both be getting Froyo at the same time, and with the official source for Froyo dropping today, things seem to be moving right along.  I know I wouldn't let this deter me from getting a Droid X, good things come to those who wait.

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4 years ago

AT&T releases 'Mark The Spot' (aka black hole) app for Android

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AT&T mark the spot app

Heads up AT&T subscribers with an Android phone -- now it's your turn to help AT&T keep tabs on its network.  Mark The Spot is the popular app originally for the iPhone that fires off some information and data about network errors you might be experiencing when you run it.  This sort of user input is probably pretty helpful, and all conspiracy theories aside should be quite valuable, so if you use AT&T and often find yourself with less than perfect service, grab it and spend a minute improving things instead complaining about things online.  OK, complain all ya want, just be sure to report it directly to AT&T, too.

While it's not the most exciting application in the world, it's refreshing to see Ma Bell didn't forget about it's Android users completely.  The app is free of course, you can grab it here if you're using AT&T: [Market Link | AppBrain]

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